It is with regret that I have to advise our Home Office approval expires on 27 November. We applied for renewal in August and after the usual delay they advised us there is a new procedure and we have to re apply again. This we have obviously done but we have not received the renewal at the time of writing.
Without this we are unable to legally shoot so we have to suspend the shooting program until we receive the updated approval. There were only two shoots left in this years calendar but its very annoying to have to do this all the same.
We have applied and will re commence activities as soon as we can and will advise users via the site when we have some news.
Busy day and a good turn out. We raised £150 for the Legion and there was some excellent shooting. The TR comp was won by Horsham with 380.36 followed by Wandsworth with 379.34 (very close). Third was Dorking with 370.23 so not too shabby either. The top score was Ryan with 100.12 (Dorking member of course) and the top Scoped shooter was Neil B with 100.16.
Full Scores on the Results page
The weather was ok but there was lots of fog and that made the target very difficult to see at times so that wasn’t easy. If you were lucky the wind blew the fog away, taking the round with it!
We managed to get through a large supply of sausage rolls, mince pies and chocolate and I have to thank all those who lent a hand to make the event happen. I have to include a mention to Sue who volunteered (I asked nicely and provided a bottle of Baileys) who came along and not only heated up all the food but declared the toilets a heath hazard and cleaned them all along with the kitchen so keep them clean in future!
A final bit of news is that we have after an absence of over 10 years managed to get returned to us the Boar Hill Trophy and Josie’s pot so those of you have been a member for a while will recall these and I’m delighted to advise these have been returned for future use.
See you at the next one
The Boar Hill (as its correctly called) is our annual shoot on behalf of the Royal British Legion where the proceeds go to charity. Its 2 x10 at 300 and 600 into teams of 4 if we have enough. Scoped Rifles can form teams as well to add to the fun.
We charge all members £5 per head to attend the shoot and this goes to the RBL. We will provide the some sausage rolls and perhaps a mince pie and if I can prevail on the my better half these may even be warmed up. We have about 4 to 6 shooters from other clubs committed so far so it will be a busy day.
I expect all of you have attended this before so the more support we get then the more we raise for charity so come along and support the club etc.
Update Tricky looking weather today so we decided to start at 600 in case the weather turned truly awful or cleared up. As it happened it cleared up and we had an enjoyable and busier than expected shoot. The event was strongly contested with Ryan winning the TR with 148.18 ( 2×15 shoot) and the Scoped being won by Dick with 150.27 pipping Neil B by 1 V bull (that’s how it goes sometimes). We didn’t in the end get wet so it proves that whatever the weather app shows its worth coming a long as you never know how it will turn out.
The next shoot is the Boar Hill Commemorative shoot on Remembrance Sunday (13 November) where we raise funds for the Royal British Legion. Come long to that and support the veterans and we may even throw in a sausage roll or two.
Sundays shoot is the Arthur White/Garrick Cup. This is a 2 x 15 at 300 and 500 yards. Its for scoped Rifles and TR so there is something for everyone. We have the Boar Hill annual charity shoot coming up on the 13th November so it may be time to brush up on the TR skills!
The weather may be changeable so we will see how it goes on the day.
See you on Sunday
PS – Don’t forget the clocks go back on Saturday Night
Scores on the results page. A select band attended the shoot including shooters from Sussex County RA. We managed a team shoot and being short on numbers we had Rob B in both teams (he is a member of both clubs) to make up the numbers. Dorking got 570.39 and Sussex 483.17 Well shot all.
The Scoped rifle was strongly contended with three scores of 150 and Neil B winning with 150.24.
Overall and excellent shoot with three distances shot and no wet weather. Lets hope it remains dry for the next shoot being a Gallery Rifle at 100.
Sundays shoot is 2 x 10 at 300 / 500 and 600 and is primarily a TR shoot with 5 guests from Sussex County RA coming along to shoot along side. So Dorking will need to put up a team if we can and see how we do. My TR shooting is not up to much these days so I could do with a hand!
As usual with these things the TR shooters will be on the first detail and then the others following on. It looks like the weather will be ok so we will get a good three distances in.
Dont forget no one is excluded and just because we are shooting TR all are welcome.
Update – Scores are on the results page – well shot everyone. It was quite tricky and the times were tight on some stages, (as I found out) still if it was too easy it wouldn’t be interesting. Note – The results have been updated as I first posted the wrong file and then missed Mark V off. Apologies all It should be ok now.
The next shoot is a practice at 500 and 600. We may have to amend this to 300 and 600 as the undergrowth is a bit high making 500 a bit tricky at the moment. See you then.
Sundays shoot is Scoped Rifle 2. We will be at 300, 500 and 600 yards. The course of fire is on the COF page so have a look and be prepared. If there is time there may be the opportunity for some extra shooting at 600 once the schedule has completed.
We may have trouble at 500 seeing the targets (foliage growth) but we will see how it looks on the day.
See you on Sunday.
AGM Update – We held the AGM after the last shoot and it was completed without and issues. We have re-elected the current committee and its generally Business as Usual. The accounts are slightly in deficit as it costs a fair but to run things and the fees don’t really cover it. Unfortunately the fees are going up to £140 for non NRA members and £120 for NRA Members for the next renewal. Its still only about £6 per shoot so its still good value and we endeavor to keep costs as low as possible. I cant remember how long it is since we increased the prices and its a sign of the times.
We are always open to suggestions or questions from the members so if you wish to ask something or make a suggestion then feel free. Just remember that the club is run by volunteers.
The next shoot is a 300 and 500 practice and the AGM will be held afterwards as we now have the accounts to hand and need to complete the AGM that has been delayed for a few years for the usual reasons.